Meet Your New Vice Principal: Ms. Tanya Baker


Veronika Hayes
Staff Writer

I’m sitting outside the Mrs. Baker’s office. She’s running a little late for our interview. Finally, she arrives. Her secretary informs her that I’m here, and she immediately meets me with a smile and apologizes. We go into her office, and  I sit down as she sits behind her desk. She looks comfortable, confident.  

She grew up in Los Angeles with her adoptive parents. Her parents were also working in education.  In high school, Baker wanted to be “either a business woman or tv weather person.”

“I like speaking in front of people” she says with a smile. She also liked math, or moreover, analytical thinking, and “in business I could be strategic.”

Though she’s new here to El  Camino, Mrs. Baker isn’t new to the school district. In fact, this is her 20th year with San Juan. Before she was working with the district, though, Baker was working retail management but “it wasn’t meaningful… I wanted to make a difference.” She went to three colleges in California: La Verne where she got her masters in counseling, UC San Diego, where she majored in Economics and minored in European Studies, and Sac State, where she earned her Teaching and Administrative credentials. Baker taught for eight years, was a counselor for seven and a half, and her current occupation, a vice principal, for three and a half.

I ask her what attracted her to this job.

“Seeing things I wanted to change, but didn’t have the authority to do.” She wanted to be able to work with teachers and change things.  Her goal here, she says, is to work with teachers to align classes to what they need. “Are we offering the right classes…” she exampled.

Baker says the most rewarding thing about her job is seeing students grow. Like seeing a ninth grader go from being a spaz, somewhat, to maturing and growing.

What’s the most compelling challenge with today’s education system, in your opinion, I ask her. She pauses for a moment. “Poverty. And so many children; it makes it harder for them to be successful. They’re just as smart as everybody else, but it’s harder for them.”

On a much lighter note, Mrs. Baker is a “crazy food person.”  She thinks about her favorite kind of food, and says abruptly, “cheese. I love cheese.” She also loves to cook. “There’s probably no food I haven’t tried”, she adds. She enjoys all types of different food.

I ask if there’s anything she’d like to add, and she thinks for a second. “Nope..don’t think so.. I’m a crazy food person.” we laugh. I thank her and she says, “no problem.” With a smile.


11 Reasons Why How I Met Your Mother is better than Friends

Theo DeRosa
Sports Editor

  1. Neil Patrick Harris. The former child star of Doogie Howser, M. D. is easily the most notable and outspoken actor on the show, as evidenced by his perfect portrayal of the womanizing Barney Stinson. His many mannerisms capture the essence of the character, and hilarity always ensues.
  2. It’s more subtle. On Friends, most of the humor is clearly out there, pandering to a less intelligent office. HIMYM creates subtle and clever humor by hiding many of its jokes beneath the surface in double entendres and background humor (writing on posters, text on Internet sites) that can be found by the observant eye.
  3. It’s more romantic. Apart from sheer comedy, the convoluted story driving HIMYM provides more emotional twists, touching moments, and overall emotion than its counterpart in Friends.
  4. The music is better. One of the biggest underlying strengths of HIMYM is its relatively unknown, often solemn and brooding music, which always creates an apt background setting for some of the funny and emotional moments in the show’s run.
  5. It’s less played out. The exaggerated hysteria on Friends (for example, when Ross is hit with a hockey puck that makes a whirring sound as the camera focuses in on its path–I mean, COME ON) creates an overly melodramatic effect that sure gives the impression of corny humor as a result of uncreative writing. In contrast, HIMYM relies on misdirection to get many of its jokes across, hardly ever being predictable enough to be cliched.
  6. It’s more current. By no fault of its own, Friends’ jokes and cultural references are outdated and not prevalent in our society when compared with those of HIMYM. Though this is naturally due to the order in which the shows premiered, (Friends ran from 1994-2004, HIMYM from 2005-2014) this truly detracts from the impression Friends makes on its many viewers.
  7. Its storyline is better. HIMYM is all about “a starry-eyed romantic on a noble quest for true love,” as protagonist Ted Mosby himself explains. Ted explains the emotional and long story of meeting his future wife to his teenaged kids from the year 2030. Such a unique perspective is far better than what Friends has to offer. Oh cool, it’s a bunch of friends who hang out. Stop me if you’ve heard this before.
  8. Its characters are deeper. On HIMYM, the five central characters are all multifaceted with multiple aspects to their personalities (Except Lily, who remains annoying and conniving). They change over the course of the seasons; for example, the horribly misogynistic Barney in Season 1 grows to be far more honest and respectful by the series finale. From what I’ve seen of Friends, most of the characters are very shallow, caring only for themselves, and don’t appear to change much (granted, they may as the series continues).
  9. It’s just…funnier. HIMYM’s clever and subtle humor definitely trumps the contrived jokes of Friends, which are clearly indicated by overdone acting. The whole point of a sitcom is to make people laugh, of which HIMYM certainly does a better job.
  10. It feels more real. Jokes told in HIMYM are punctuated by the obvious amusement of the characters themselves, giving the show far more verisimilitude than Friends, which has stilted jokes for the benefit of purely the audience (the characters don’t react viscerally, and just stand there waiting for the laugh-track to conclude).
  11. It’s more well-made. Though a lot of the variation is simply due to the stylistic elements and the difference in time period, it shouldn’t be hard to see that HIMYM has a clear advantage in its production. Many are nostalgic for Friends because they saw it first or remember it from their childhood, but it’s clear that when compared, HIMYM wins sitcom gold.

Do African-Americans Hate Themselves?

Samuel Feineh
News Editor

My Editorial in the last print issue titled “Presidential Burdens” has come under fire from some vocal critics. In essence, I spoke about how unfair it was for America to place such a great burden on President Obama’s shoulders to radically change the justice system to alleviate some racial tension in the political justice system. I argued that time is his greatest ally, and significant change cannot be brought about in an 8 year term; in comparison, the Civil Rights’ movement was a product of over 200 hundred years of anguish.

One critic sent me the following message: “You think America is a place an African man should be? The same people that thought your ancestors were 3/5th of a person are still in control, its their grandkids now. Nothing is going to change for black people until Africa changes… We need to focus of the exploitation of our own land. The thing is African-Americans hate their homeland and if you hate Africa you hate yourself. They need to find out the history of Africa.”

After some consideration, I sent him the following message:

“First of all, if you’re going to reference the Constitutional Convention as evidence, you must include historical context. The Founding Fathers convened for the sole purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation (which soon became a complete revamp). They were not there to debate the merits of slavery; only to ENSURE that the South didn’t overpower the North for taxation and legislative purposes after the Connecticut Compromise was passed creating the bicameral government we have today. Slavery was not debated thoroughly for its merits and Civil Rights infringements/violations until Lincoln’s presidency, nearly 100 years after the 3/5th Compromise was passed. You made a hasty generalization when using the 3/5 Compromise as “evidence.”

Do you mean that white society is exploiting America, which I assume you’re calling “your land?” You bounce between ideas that don’t follow any type of logical order. I’d argue that many African-Americans don’t HATE their homeland; rather, many are unaware or choose to be ignorant of their origins. Inspiring African-American youth to seek their cultural heritage isn’t an easy task, but I’m sure they don’t hate themselves for being unaware of their history. Once again, you are making another hasty generalization through an argument from ignorance because your claim that African-Americans hate themselves is naive and extremely difficult to prove.

The only point I agree with you on is many African-Americans (for one reason or another) are deprived of knowing their intricate cultural roots. I’m sure many would respect their origins, however a place in America is not reliant on respect for your origins. We have always been a country of immigrants, and over time have built a system of rights and privileges (albeit faulty and contradictory at times) praising the democratic process. This (justice) system needs a lot more work, but if it didn’t require work, we’d live in a utopia. That sir, is not quite possible in today’s American democracy.”

Fortunately, this critic brings to light the diverse perspectives and complexities of racial relations within the United States. While there is no way to prove that increased knowledge of black heritage within the African-American community would decrease crime rates or increase mutual respect for one another, one cannot deny the powerful history African-Americans have endured. We owe it to society to learn from our past and progress into the promise land.

Started From The…

Samuel Feineh
News Editor

You know you just said “bottom.” You probably have also said at least once before “YOLO,” “HYFR.”

You also probably know who popularized “YOLO,” among a slew of other sayings. Aubrey Drake Graham, the 28 year old multimillionaire megastar rapper who changed the rap game.

He certainly was “25 sittin’ on 25 mill’.” Despite what you think of Drake, he is a prolific artist with a Grammy for his 2011 sophomore album Take Care, and holds 72 appearances on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles, surpassing The Beatles’ and a long list of other rappers.

Over time, the mere mention of “Drake” has incited snickers and laughter as people sing the wistful and melancholic lyrics of “Shot for Me” and “Marvin’s Room,” pretending to cry at the truthfulness of Drake’s lyrics.

In his song Fear, Drake said “The honesty of my music has left me too exposed.” In many ways, Drake’s gloomy sentiments are legitimate. However, unlike any other underground/mainstream rap artists, he became the first to delve into life struggles with his unique style of singing and rapping with lyrics that appeal to many people.

His work features the recurring archetype of female woes, “daddy issues,” his OVO (October’s Very Own) crew, and his mother’s rebounding health.

That familiarity with teens, young adults, and generally those under 40 has propelled him to be king of the rap game.

WOAH. OH NO. I JUST SAID “KING OF THE RAP GAME.” I await the glares and controversy regarding this declaration.

Just two weeks ago, Drake unexpectedly released his new mixtape If You’re Reading This Its Too Late. Instantly, Twitter went berserk as people virtually trampled over each other to listen to his songs. Much like Beyonce’s unexpected self-titled album, Drake sold nearly 500,000 units in his first week of sales.

Drake often releases songs for free on his OVO SoundCloud page. Without even actively advertising one of his hit songs, “How ‘Bout Now,” it found itself on the radio, and debuted on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Other rappers struggle to get their official singles on the charts. But Drake is not like other rappers.

Consider Drake’s two biggest hits last year: “0 to 100/The Catch Up,” and “Trophies.” Unless you’re living under a rock, these songs have become staples of club goers and ubiquitous to the general public. Both songs were released on his SoundCloud page for free. Drake did not interview to promote these songs. All he did was let the public know that they existed by posting the songs online. Overnight, the songs became hits and generated their own buzz.

In fact, “Trophies” did not become an official single until months later after the song was immensely popular when Young Money released their album “Rise of an Empire.”

Drake’s popularity is not contained to just him. Drake’s “Midas” touch has boosted the careers of iLOVEMAKONNEN, singer of hit song “Tuesday,” Soulja Boy, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and more.

When others were unwilling to give Kendrick Lamar an opportunity, Drake featured him on his song “Buried Alive Interlude” from Take Care. Kendrick has become more popular since then for his abrasive and thought-provoking lyrics.

Last year, Drake put his own spin on Soulja Boy’s “Try Me.” The mere notion that Drake was considering the remix this song into what would become “We Made It” was probably worth thousands of dollars. His actual remix of this song was worth much more when he posted it on his SoundCloud page.

Soulja Boy has been declining in popularity since his “Golden Age” of “Crank Dat,” however he got his first taste of being on the radio for years because of Drake’s “We Made It.”

Drake’s power is undeniable and quite influential. They recently partnered in a national tour called “Drake vs. Lil Wayne,” hosting a unique “Street Fighter” Capcom theme. This was a highly interactive tour, as concert goers downloaded an app to vote for which artist would rap first, and who “beat” the other in the end.

Lil Wayne’s legacy is truly remarkable, however after putting in more effort to make his Young Money artists shine, his own influence on the “rap game” is steadily declining.

In Lil Wayne’s hit song “Believe Me,” his voice isn’t even heard until a minute and 41 seconds into the song. Drake rapped his verse once and hook twice before Wayne spoke. Hearing the song for the first time, I thought it was Drake’s single. Is it a coincidence that this song was released on Drake’s SoundCloud first before Lil Wayne took ownership? I think not.

Drake never really disappears between albums. He releases music at strategic points so there’s never a “Drake drought.” Especially with 17 unexpected songs released recently, fans are drowning in the rap czar’s music. Many rappers can learn from Drake’s strategy at attaining mass fame, but “Rap must be changing ‘cuz [I’m] at the top and ain’t no one on top of [me].”

All we know for certain is that Drake is out enjoying life singing “We Made It.” After all, if you had his fame and wealth, wouldn’t you?

Sacanime Winter 2k15

Piper Gold
Website Editor

Every year, SacAnime comes to the Sacramento Convention Center, and thousands of anime fans from all over come to enjoy panels, signings and anime themed shopping (among other things). Not all of it is anime either, other fandoms like Homestuck, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, etc., come and hang out, going to panels in cosplay (dressing like a certain character from either a fandom or just an original character), talking to other cosplayers, and taking pictures with them.

I went with my friend Amy, and we both cosplayed. I was Dave Strider (from the webcomic Homestuck) and she was Castiel (an angel from the show Supernatural). We were only there for Sunday (it starts on Friday and ends on Sunday) from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,  attending two panels.

The first one we went to was a Sailor Moon panel, with the dubbed voice actors for Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Mars, and the newly dubbed Sailor Jupiter. They were really nice and were telling funny stories about what fans bring them, and we sang happy birthday (twice) and sang the English theme song for Sailor Moon.

After wandering around for a while, we went to the fan-run Homestuck panel, where cosplayers acted like the characters and people asked them questions. None of the questions were really serious, and we mostly joked about Eridan (a troll character who gets cut in half) and the players ate gummy worms out of buckets (buckets are objects of sexual desire for trolls in Homestuck).

The Showroom (the place where you go and spend most of your money) was really cool. There were a bunch of really good artists who were selling their fanart. Other shops sold Japanese food, and some were selling alpaca plushies and stuff like that. Most of them were selling anime posters, or figurines, or something of that nature, and there was a group that brought a TARDIS (time machine from Doctor Who) and people got to take pictures with it and someone who was dressed like the tenth Doctor.

Around 5:00 p.m. we started to get really tired so we just waited for my dad to pick us up. But the cosplayers were really nice about taking pictures. There was a group of people dressed as Dead Mau5, carrying a boombox that was blasting dubsteb (they were kindly asked to lower the volume). Other groups of people were LARPing, and one group ran around with a white broom asking people to come help them burn the witches. All in all, in was the most fun we’ve had in a while. Can’t wait to go back for SacAnime Summer!

FIDM Online

Kyle Rairdon
Entertainment Editor

You walk into class and see a woman with an ear to ear, tooth-filled smile and a projector set up with a slide reading something along the lines of “FIDM Career Options in Design”, and – if you are familiar with what is going to take place over the next hour – you slump down in your seat and wait. Almost annually, El Camino students, along with the rest of the San Juan Unified School District (or SJUSD), are over the course of an hour (which would normally be used for educating) encouraged to attend a private institution centered around fashion design and the entertainment industry. So, why is FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise) allowed to take a whole class period away to try and persuade us students into going to this design college?

 FIDM is a college with four different campuses, all in California and consisting of 22 “creative majors” to study, which include jewelry design, theaters costume design, fashion design, and beauty industry management. The institute’s main goal is to “prepare students for careers in the Fashion, Visual Arts, Interior Design, and Entertainment industries.” While this may be well and good for a minority of students within the SJUSD, only approximately 7,500 students attend FIDM campuses a year compared to the almost 15,000 high school students in the school district – most of which view the presentation yearly while some students have seen FIDM presentations 2 or 3 times in one year. Out of these 15,000 students, about 3,500 are seniors who would be eligible to attend the institute the following year.

 So how can a small, private institution that is not at all applying anything we learn in grades 9 through 12 – such as fashion design, interior design, fashion knitwear design, and much more – be given the right to advertise themselves to 15,000 unsuspecting students during class time in order to convince them to pay to go to this institute while these students are being forced by law to attend this presentation. There seems to be something not quite right about all of this. Aren’t you encouraged to go to a four year college and major in a subject applicable to the real world that can help you become a functioning member of society throughout your entire high school experience? Isn’t that the goal? So if we are giving free (as there is certainly no way that the reason behind all of this seemingly pointless waste of valuable time that could be educating students is because they are bribing  paying the public school system, right?) advertisement time to an Institute of learning to try and convince students to go there, shouldn’t it be a critically acclaimed university? If the school district is selling ad space for class time then shouldn’t it be a four year, esteemed university. What about USC, the UC system, Stanford, BYU? If we are going to waste class time on a propaganda stunt, couldn’t we be encouraged to go to a university that can get us somewhere else besides a job shopping for JC Penney’s?

Broken arms or cracked screens?

Zoe Bonfield
Opinion Editor

Most of our generation grew up in a time where we climbed trees, dug in the dirt, made “mud pies,” and ran around outside. We were covered in cuts, bruises, and dirt, but if we fell, we got back up to play some more. Our biggest worries were about not being able to play because we got in trouble, or when it rained and we weren’t allowed to go outside so we wouldn’t get sick. Even indoors, we played with toys, played “house” or “hospital” and were always using our imaginations. We did not worry about getting “likes” on a photo or texting a crush the right thing.

In today’s age, however, most children are not experiencing this same childhood. They sit inside watching television or playing games or engaging in social media of all types. Granted, not everyone in our generation had this incredible childhood, and not all children now are missing out on it. There is a high number that are however, and this is something that need to change.

In addition to the children being less physically and mentally active, they also have access to infinite amounts of unfiltered information, much of it not suited for children that young. We were somewhat sheltered from this side of life. No child needs their hopes demoralized by hearing about terrorist attacks or suicide. Those types of concepts, along with many others, are far too much for a child to comprehend. Hearing about all of the negativity in the world may also discourage the children from reaching for their dreams in fear of failure. Children should always be told to reach for the stars and to never give up on their dreams.

So let’s start changing this path before it gets too late. Encourage kids to put down their devices and go climb a tree. Let them see the world with their own eyes before seeing it through a camera lens or on a website.

Fanfiction: the new book?

Piper Gold
Website editor

Fanfiction. Millions of stories about anything and everything. The topics range from bands to comics to TV shows. A fan of webcomics? There’s fanfiction for that. Anime? That too. But what exactly is fanfiction? Fanfiction, as defined by, is “Fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, etc.” But in reality, fanfiction is so much more than that.

Fanfiction is a way to express feelings and tell a story through characters or band members (or even celebrities). Most fanfiction is posted online to websites like Archive Of Our Own (AO3),, Wattpad, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, Ficwad, etc. Freshmen Amy Mohr and Nelida Sanchez said the same thing: “Wattpad is my favorite.” Freshman Adam Severeid said “I prefer Archive Of Our Own, they post great stories.” however, Freshman Dacia Owens said: “I like to search what I’m in the mood for in Google. I just read whatever strikes my fancy.”

“But how do I get into such a thing?” you might ask. Well, luckily for you, here is a four-step guide to help you get immersed into the deep dark swirling vortex that is fanfiction.

Step 1: Pick a topic (Movie, TV show, band, etc..)

Step 2: Pick a two or more people you want in a relationship from that topic [Otherwise known as a ship or an OTP (one true pairing)]

Step 3: Pick a genre (Romance, angst, horror etc..)

Step 4: Search it in google (ex: Destiel horror fic, Frerard angst fic)

 Once you finish reading, if you liked it, you can rate and/or review. This helps writers out and tells them to keep writing. On AO3 you can kudos the fic (Basically telling them good job!), and on Wattpad you can leave a vote. If you didn’t like the story, tell them why! Writers love feedback, and if you tell them what’s wrong, they can go back and fix it. Just please don’t be rude about it. No one likes a jerk.

Finding other fans of fanfiction is easy. Tumblr, for example, is a great place to start looking for other fans. Tumblr is a social networking site that uses a tag system, much like twitter or instagram. By typing in a band or fandom, Tumblr almost instantly find posts, pictures, and even videos that relate to that topic. Some people even post fanfiction that they like, or think is weird (@badmcrfics, and @TagsOfAO3 find weird and sometimes disturbing fanfiction and fanfiction tags and post them on Twitter). All in all, fanfiction can change the way you look at some people, and stay away from the fics-that-shall-not-be-named. Have fun discovering new fanfictions!

Ebola Hasn’t Gone Away Yet

Samuel Feineh
News Editor

As of December 2 in the disease-ridden countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, and Nigeria, Ebola has taken the lives of 6,113 individuals and infected more than 17,000 people.

The U.S. was startled with four American cases of Ebola. The first patient, Dr. Kent Brantly, was treated at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. A few other individuals who were working as missionaries in Liberia were quietly discharged from Emory as they healed from the disease. Despite the Western arrival of Ebola, problems are much greater in West Africa.

How are some people’s immune systems equipped to fight Ebola?

The 40% of people who survive this deadly disease obviously have uniquely strong immune systems which can handle Ebola’s initial impact, which “depletes the body’s immune cells, which defend against infection, said Derek Gatherer, a bioinformatics researcher at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, who studies viral genetics and evolution (

The human leukocyte antigen-B is another marker found in Ebola survivors. This gene produces a protein which is critical for immune functions.

“A 2007 study found that people with certain versions of this gene, called B*07 and B*14, were more likely to survive Ebola, while people with other versions, called B*67 and B*15, were more likely to die.” (

What is the state of the current humanitarian relief effort?

Dr. Joseph Fair, a leading American physician in Liberia aiding humanitarian efforts said in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “…until we handle outbreaks where they occur, we are never going to be safe ourselves.”

In a one-disease hospital with a staff of about 200, run by American doctor Pranav Shetty, Ebola victims in Liberia are treated in corresponding regions of the camp: high risk, cleared, and those waiting to find out if they have the disease.

Doctors in this intensive unit stress that they need more global support to fight this disease. Most of the staff are Liberian; in order to raise spirits, they sing hymns each day before putting their suits on.

Cleaning protocols are excessive, but necessary to fend off the disease. Everywhere around the camp are chlorine centers. Chlorine kills the virus instantly. A dedicated team of staffers follow every individual that walks into the camp and sprays them with chlorine periodically to kill any trace of Ebola.

Around the camp, staffers are covered head to toe in protective gear. Dr. Colin Bucks remarked that “the tough part is that when the masks get filled with your own breath and sweat, that then it really gets hard to breathe. And you have to go to breathe. You have to get out then. You feel like you’re suffocating.”

These doctors’ valiant efforts to contain Ebola can only go so far without more global assistance. Funds and resources have been flowing in more than ever before, however there is much more work that needs to be done before the virus can be declared over, and the world can breathe a sigh of relief.

Evolution of Hats in America

Kyle Rairdon
Entertainment Editor

Ever since that fateful day Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni, hats were a crucial and often overlooked cultural aspect of American life. The popular triangular, black hat atop the white and pompous wigs of the British, like many other things, was brought to America and subsequently worn by our founding fathers in the 16th century, and often with a gold lining along the top. Men’s hats wasn’t the only extremely impressionable headgear brought from England. Women’s hats were often extravagantly floppy and heavy with floral pieces. Although these hot headpieces seemed perfect as far as fashion is concerned, times change, and as time changes, culture changes, and as culture changes so do hats.

In the 17th century, America experienced its industrial revolution. Wealthy plantation owners and factory owners alike sought out a regal and elegant new style of head wear. This desperate hunger for upscale hats was fed by swanky silk lining towering top hats. As wealth grew, so did the brimmed, cylindrical topper, and this high up headgear is now popularly associated with sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln. Along with freeing the slaves, Lincoln also freed the common American man from the binds of insufficient dome pieces, bringing attention to the silk top hat. English influence could be seen again in the 18th century American women donning small frilly bonnetts all across the expanding US frontier. Covered wagons and covered heads headed westward in the mid-1800s and with a change of scenery, a change of hats was inevitable.

Tall top hats soon were becoming too cumbersome for the on-the-go American in the 1900s, and the creation of an adapted, shrunk, rounded top hat – the bowler hat – was created in England by British soldier Edward Coke. Being a known politician, his style quickly popularized and the early 18th century marked a huge increase in American men equipped with bowler hats, yet bowling did not become any more popular. The style would be the basis for other flat and stylish hats in the future, a sort of a guideline for fashionable head toppers going forward. Women adapted the smaller and more compact bonnett and turned it into wide brimmed and feathery hats for the wealthy, taking away the floral and adding fauna, with fur and other skinned animals popularized by these hats.

The mid-20th century marked the origination of the fedora and trilby, a wider brimmed hat that was flatter and very well received. Trilbies and fedoras can still be seen on the heads of modern day lawyers, business men and women, or common Americans who enjoy the black coat, fedora combination. Floppy, flat, and protective from the sun, sun hats became popular for not only gardeners but many women of the hippy movement in the later 1900s. The hat can still be seen worn by men or women in sunny climates or simply for gardening.

The evolution of hats brings us now to the 21st century, wear an array of hats, like beanies, snapbacks, flat billed caps, worn backwards, sideways, or at any angle imaginable. Our culture can be viewed through many historical events and current conditions, and a good way to find the evolution of the American people is not to look back but to look forward and up, and to see what rests on the top of our heads.